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An alien tries to take over the Earth by cutting off all power and seizing the minds of various scientists and military leaders.
This is a remake of the 1956 Roger Corman film It Conquered the World.
You can find out more about this film on its IMDB page.
This movie is part of the collection: Sci-Fi / Horror
Director: Larry Buchanan
Producer: Larry Buchanan
Production Company: Azalea Pictures
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: alien; invasion; sci-fi; Cold War
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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A lot of people "don't get it"! Why? Because they sit and nitpick the
technicalities of a film instead of just relaxing and "go with the
flow". The Buchanan, Corman et al. films are immensely enjoyable
compared to the films that are written, directed and acted ever so
perfectly. I remember the early, live TV shows of the 40's and 50's.
They were hilarious because they were imperfect and no way to edit.
There's nothing like watching a movie, you know those involved thought they were doing a serious cinema epic, when in fact the tears of laughter are streaming down your cheeks!
Albert Schlef -
People here are giving it 4 and 5 starts, and I don't get it. This film seemed quite lousy to me.
Subject: the best
simply the best non-night-of-the-living-dead b-movie i've seen on the archive. cheezy, cheap, hammy, paranoid reds / zombies / aliens under the beds.
Trent Masterson -
Subject: highest rating
Another fantastic entry in the world of Larry Buchanan. This time Anthony Houston provides the stellar performance and John Agar is a bit of the support to his mania.
To the person who has no idea what they are talking about below, Yes the score is PD, yes the movie is PD.
Subject: IT CONQUERED THE WORLD....or pretty close
'56 version is far superior. Weird chemistry between Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef makes it best of the Bs. Corman monster is funnier too!
The Thing From Venus needs help. Sorry LB.
Subject: PUBLIC DOMAIN?
Again, not to be a buzz kill, here, but the movie itself may be in the PD, but the musical score is not. I'm afraid this site is going to get itself into hot water.
Subject: Plutonium ruby
Wow, what a ride. Abandon all hope for mankind because your ideas are "too good for them". Get brainwashed by a man sized Venusian bat-thing (reminds me of the creatures in Lifeforce). Condone the death of everyone except your smarter than you best friend. Then "snap out of it" when the creature kills your super-nag wife! Count me in. Just one thing. Where can I get me one of those plutonium ruby energy beam emitters that even the government doesn't have? Oh yeah, I invent it.
Four stars, minus one for the missing parts shown at the end that aren't in the actual movie.
Subject: So it's a wreck!
But it's a very well-known and much-loved wreck, seen by a lot of people who enjoy it for what it is: a cheap, fun, sci-fi monster flick, based on a musty old script, shot in about a week, with a budget so low it wouldn't pay for a new Prius.
This film is best viewed alone, late at night, on a tube TV set in a room with all the lights turned out. Oh, and switch off the color if you like, to further the late 60s look and better re-create what it was like in those days. Light some incense and turn on a lava lamp, too. Just a suggestion.
Seriously, I can't recommend enough Rob Craig's amazing book, _The Films of Larry Buchanan: A Critical Examination_, for those who want to dig deeper into these crazy little b-movies. Larry B may be gone, but his films (like this one) live on!
And if I had the cash, I'd rather make a film like this anyday than own a new Prius.
Probably the best film ever made!
Subject: Classic wreck of a film
I got this in a box of 50 monster movies on DVD from Big Lots for $15. This was shown on CHILLER THEATER about a hundred years ago. When I was a kid, I thought it was an awful, cheap, depressing ripoff of a movie, but now I think it's hilarious.